Tropical Storm Barry Storm Surge Photos & Videos

Pat Wise
July 14, 2019

Tropical Storm Barry's wind and rain began hitting parts of Louisiana early Friday as New Orleans and coastal communities braced for a drenching from what's expected to be the first hurricane of the season.

Barry could strengthen to a hurricane, but it's not the high winds that have residents and officials anxious, says Benjamin Scott, with the National Weather Service.

Forecasters said slow-moving Barry could unload 10 to 20 inches (25 to 50 centimeters) of rain through Sunday across a swath of Louisiana that includes New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well as southwestern MS, with pockets in Louisiana getting 25 inches (63 centimeters). - Tropical storm Barry barreled toward rain-soaked New Orleans on July 11 as the city hunkered down for an ordeal that evoked fearful memories of 2005's deadly Hurricane Katrina.

As of Friday morning, Barry was about 95 miles southwest of the mouth of the MS, with winds around 50 mph, well short of the 74 mph hurricane threshold.

City officials issued a storm warning earlier in the day, asking people "to stay at home and shelter in place".

"Water, we have a bunch of nuts and things", he says.

Friday Evening, Many Hours Before Landfall, The Waters Were Already Rising & Storm Surge Evident & By Late Night, Conditions Were Worsening.

By the time it makes landfall Saturday, it is expected to reach hurricane status - winds of at least 74 miles per hour.

Levees protect up to 20 feet and since the storm surge has passed, the risk of overtopping is minimal, the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said.

Elsewhere in New Orleans, a group of neighbors took it upon themselves to clean out the storm drains on their street.

Tracking forecasts showed the storm moving north, swelling the Mississippi River basin with water that must eventually flow south again. They said Delta is a lifetime commitment, so they have plenty of time. "Trauma stays in your body, and Katrina left a lot of trauma behind".

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It is impossible to know exactly where the heaviest rain will fall, but any areas in Louisiana or MS or surrounding states that get one or two feet of rain will suffer major flooding, and the best evidence says, that's what people have to be prepared for.

Barry is moving through the Gulf of Mexico and is the first tropical storm to threaten the United States this year.

"This storm is stressing them out", Gulliver-Garcia told CNN.

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Many residents aren't eager to endure the expense and effort of leaving, compared with what could be a few uncomfortable hours or days without power.

Power outages were moderate Friday evening with about 15,000 customers (including businesses) without electricity, according to the website PowerOutage.us.

New Orleans was already saturated after thunderstorms drenched it with a foot of rain on Wednesday.

"I'm out here trying to get some sand to support around my house", he said.

Among the last to leave the town of Phoenix was 65-year-old Clarence Brocks and his family.

"If all the predictions come true, we're going to see major street flooding", Gumpert said.

The National Weather Service tweeted early Friday morning that Mobile, Alabama, can expect heavy rain that may lead to flash flooding as well as a high risk of rip currents and a surf up to 8 feet. Some isolated areas could see as much as 25 inches.

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